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Santa Barbara Museum of Natural History

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Santa Barbara Museum of Natural History Admission
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“t rex”(9 reviews)
We're not your typical structured museum with stiff curators, cold halls, and strict rules. We like to go outside and get our hands dirty, pick things up and take a closer look, laugh, skip, or maybe even jump for joy. Because learning is messy and...more
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2559 Puesta Del Sol, Santa Barbara, CA 93105-2936
+1 805-682-4711
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Reviewed 1 week ago

Recommended if you enjoy animal dioramas.Special exhibit this summer of National Geo's 50 greatest photos of all time.

Thank lanaleah
Reviewed 1 week ago

There is an extensive collection of birds and eggs from California. The model of the blue whale outside was amazing.

Thank Alexandra T
Reviewed 3 weeks ago

Most awesome exhibit of National Geographic photographs from around the world. All the exhibits were so detailed and gave you the feeling that you were right there in the natural habitat.

Thank Robert R
Reviewed 4 weeks ago

Took my grand daughter and a friend, lots of fun for the kids, rode the train, the kids fed the giraffes and were excited too see the gorillas..

Thank csosa1950
Reviewed 4 weeks ago

This museum is such a great place to visit in Santa Barbara, especially for families with children. There are so many things for children to do here, both at the museum itself and also at the Sea Center down on Stearns Wharf - when you...More

Thank HappyTrails12345
Reviewed 28 May 2018

This is a great museum. I love the bird exhibit with birds and eggs in the nest. The paintings in the dioramas are excellent.

Thank Linda H
Reviewed 17 May 2018

This is a great museum for a small city. Wish I had more time to spend there. The collections include some interesting mammal, fish and bird collections (including a huge whale skeleton outside the building). The archeology section draws from the region and is very...More

Thank trainfan2000
Reviewed 16 April 2018

The buildings are old but the museum is getting some much needed renovation. The exhibits and the gardens are more than we expected for a small community museum. The exhibits included Chumash history; a hands-on exhibit area for children; marine life displays; local geology exhibits;...More

Thank Jerry B
Reviewed 4 March 2018

This museum is considered a treasure in Santa Barbara. Has in-depth exhibits of birds, their eggs, marine life, Native American art etc.in a beautiful old Santa Barbara style building & garden. Great place to visit for all ages.

Thank Tamar H
Reviewed 3 March 2018

Love the starfish and getting to see things up close. The jellyfish are amazing and learned more about them while we were there. Worth seeing wit hor without kids.

Thank jacquelene2016
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Response from 336Chas | Reviewed this property |
Go to their web-page, please. $12 for adults and $7-8 for kids Note that $60 memberships are tax-deductible, and there are reduced rates for groups..